Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wednesday in the Word: Draw Nigh to God

 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. James 4:8
 There's a very simple principle in this verse that I used to overlook a lot. Draw nigh to God . . . and he will draw nigh to you.

When I find myself away from God (even just a little off track!), I also find myself thinking that He is so far away that I might as well give up. Any doubt about who is telling me that? Do you ever feel that way? The principle I learned years ago is this: as I take a step toward God, He takes a step toward me. The closer I come to Him, the closer He comes to me. A wonderful example of this in Scripture is in the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15. When he got near his house, he may have thought that his father didn't want to see him, and maybe he was dragging his feet a little as he came around that last bend before home. But what was the father doing? The father had been watching for him, just waiting for him to come, and when he saw his son afar off, he ran to meet him. The closer the son got, the closer the father got; in fact, the father appears to have been getting to the son faster than the son was getting to him! What an encouragement to us! Our Father is not only willing to have us come to Him, He is anxiously awaiting our return. And when He sees us coming, He doesn't sit in the house waiting for us to struggle back to him; He runs out to meet us . . .

Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you. James 4:8

The next time I have Wednesday in the Word, I'll give you some practical ways to draw nigh to God.

Cross-posted to KJV Blog Directory


  1. Thank you, Susan! This was just the word that I needed to read this morning. Blessings to you and yours, Crista

  2. thank you Susan, it was just what I needed to hear too.
    bless you

  3. I needed to read this today, Susan...

  4. Good post and study. So many people miss the concept of drawing nigh to Him so that He can draw nigh to them. You gave great explanations and examples.

  5. I'm glad each of you ladies were encouraged today! :) Thank you for reading.


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